So, your home is a bit crap? Let us express our condolences and offer some advice.
Maybe it’s a mouldy bathroom, chipped paintwork, frayed and stained carpet (seriously, what is that brown stuff?), or maybe it’s the faded and bumpy lino floors that probably looked good in the 80s but now just make you sad and trip you up. Whatever the issues, there are some simple solutions to spruce up your house and make a rundown piece of shite look livable and cool.
Do A Deep Clean (Or Pay Someone To Do It For You)
A proper deep clean is the best starting point for any dudes looking to improve their beat up pads. We’re talking a proper clean, not a surface-wipe-and-walk-away job. So, get out the gloves and bleach and clean like your life depends on it.
Add A Fresh Lick Of Paint
One of the easiest and cheapest (though labour intensive if you plan on a DIY job) ways to give your run-down digs a facelift is with a fresh coat of paint. White is nice, but don’t be fooled: you can use colour and still achieve a clean, livable space. Don’t forget the painter’s tape to avoid slip-ups on baseboards and windowsills. Grab a few handy mates and enlist their skills to get the job done quicker – perhaps even in a single day. Just make sure you have libations on standby and the cricket on TV
Enlist Spectacular Spakfilla
Chipped walls and cracked ceilings will make any home look shabby and uncared for, so fill in the holes and make your home look less like a squatter’s house with Spakfilla or any lightweight filler of your choice. Don’t forget to do the job right by sanding down the excess and painting over the effected spots.
Edit: Or take some inspiration from exposed brick walls. This is often a cool and cost effective contemporary feature in many home renovations.
Ditch Dowdy Furniture
Are you still reclining on that stinky futon your parents gave you when you first moved out of home? Firstly, you’re gross, and secondly, you have three options of disposal. Either wait for your next council clean-up, try and sell it on Gumtree or eBay, or simply dump it at the tip. Crap furniture will make a crappy house look even crappier, and nobody needs that much crap in one house. The same goes for broken, chipped or damaged furniture or decorative items. Get rid of them and replace with durable, sturdy alternatives.
Go Au Naturel
Welcoming outdoor elements into rundown homes is effective at bringing colour and life to the space. Potted plants or vertical green walls are popular ways to achieve a sense of vitality and improved air quality, but always remember to choose plants suited to indoor life. Nothing makes a crappy house look more unkempt than dead plants' withered leaves littering the floor.
Upgrade Your Hardware
So, you’re sceptical about how much difference a new handle or tap could make to your run down residence? Well, stop being a knob and invest in some new knobs and fixtures, because it’s often the little details that make biggest impact. Switch outdated, rusty, chipped, and generally shitty hardware and replace with new varieties. Stainless steel is always a safe bet, as it looks clean and masculine and will stand you in good stead for years to come.
Update Window Coverings
Ditch old aluminium venetian blinds, and say ‘ta-ta’ to stained vertical blinds from the 90s with those annoying connecting bead chains that always broke or got tangled. In 2018 you need new, modern curtains or window shades. Cellular shades are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their contemporary look and energy saving capabilities (they can block out or filter light and trap heat).
Fix Your Fixtures
New lighting fixtures will refresh a room quicker than you can say ‘lampshade’. Modern designs in neutral colours work best at creating a fresh, clean-looking home. Do it!
Get Matchy Matchy
A shabby abode and mismatched furniture should never go together, unless you want to feel like you live in a university dorm. If you can, buy furniture sets or separate pieces made from the same material and in similar colours. Alternatively, repurpose existing items by repainting them in the same colourway. Whatever route you take, have a theme and carry it through to create a sense of cohesion and neatness.
Make Clutter Your Enemy
Clutter can make even the most modern home seen shabby, so do yourself a favour and give your rundown home a starting chance by clearing away clutter and keeping it away for good. Anything you don’t use? Chuck it. Anything you use sometimes? Store it. Speaking of storage, furniture with hidden storage compartments offers a convenient solution to your clutter conundrums.